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Hair Loss Post-Hysterectomy
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KAH73 posted:

I had a hysterectomy & oopherectomy a month ago. I am on estrogen replacement, just estrogen not progesteron. Since about two weeks after my surgery my hair has been falling out at an alarming rate. Every time I shower there is a handful of hair in the drain and then when I comb my hair there is roughly the another handful that comes out on the comb.
In the space of about three weeks I have gone from having relatively thick hair to having thin, stringy, fine, bairly able to to put into a pony tail hair. I can see my scalp through my hair in the area of my bangs.
I can't seem to find any information about this online. I am becomeing very disturbed and frustrated.
Is this normal? Will this hair come back or am I stuck with this stringy mess?
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georgiagail responded:
A good article discussing hair loss after a hysterectomy (or menopause):

http://www.menopausehysterectomy.com/hairloss.htm

Gail
 
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someonewhocares3 responded:
Ugh - so sorry you're dealing with this! I had the same problem except I don't think my hair loss started that quickly after my TAH/BSO 5 years ago. I realized at 3 months post-op that I was losing a lot of hair. By 5 months, I'd lost at least half. It finally tapered off to normal shedding but then it got worse again and has been since. And yes, it's very fine and looks very unhealthy.Hopefully, you'll have better luck.

Hormonal changes are known to be a trigger for hair loss (e.g. post-partum, stopping BCP's, natural meno). But for many women, hysterectomy (especially with ovary removal) is a severe trauma to the neuroendocrine system and is nothing like natural meno (when the ovaries continue to function albeit at lower levels). HRT is a misnomer; it can't replace what our ovaries did so wondrously on their own. I've had bowel issues caused by my surgery too which I'm sure doesn't help. And what really ticks me off is that my uterus and both ovaries were removed for a benign ovarian cystadenoma despite an oncologist's recommendation to only remove the one ovary. Based on my records and research, it appears this was done so two gyn residents could meet their surgical requirements.

I hope your hair loss stops soon!
 
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GolfMarth responded:
Me too! AND terrible horrible hot flashes, etc. I am going to a hormone dr. who is testing my hormones, and all sorts of other related things. Get the book SHMIRSKY. It will help you a lot to understand hormone balancing and get to the right kind of doctor!!
 
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Nomojo21 replied to GolfMarth's response:
I'm getting a hysterectomy as soon as the gyn thinks I'm healed enough from the laproscopy. I'm only 24, he wants to do it cause everything in my pelvis is swollen, and has been causing me chronic pain which has greatly interfered in my life for the past 7 months. I'm nervous about the whole thing. I don't know what to do, however I am going to ask my primary which is a woman and my kids pediatrician whom is wonderful what they think I should do since they are both women.


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